how to make your company disability inclusive.

4.5 million people in Australia have a disability (1 in 5) and the unemployment rate for people with a disability is 9.4%. Yes, that’s right, in Australia, in 2018, a large percentage of people can’t find work because they identify as having a disability. Organisations are either under educated, or choose to be ignorant because the challenge is seen as too daunting. We can do better.

I’m thrilled that Randstad are a partner of Get Skilled Access, a training and consulting company set up to help organisations learn how to break down the barriers and stigmas to disability employment.Get Skilled Access was co founded by Dylan Alcott and is designed to give real life experience, delivered by people living with a disability, to help organisations achieve tangible outcomes. 

“If you are going to talk about disability in your organisation, make sure someone with a disability has a seat at the table” - Dylan Alcott OAM

So how can you take action now: 

  • Something as simple as adding “accessible friendly employer” on the bottom of your job adverts will make your company far more attractive than your competitors
  • Implement a tailored training program that speaks your industry language not only for your internal staff but for your staff to engage with your customers
  • Create a Disability Action and Inclusion Plan that supports an inclusive culture to create equal touch points across your organisation
  • Effective onboarding by making sure workforce adjustments are in place for the employee. These can cost as little as $500.

 To be able to work with experts who can help Randstad and our clients learn to engage people with a disability is going to be incredibly productive. My hope is that our work will be beneficial to all involved: for our employees, for candidates and our customers. 

To celebrate, we recently held a client Tennis Day where we invited CEO’s & MD’s to come and play Tennis, with the Get Skilled Access and Randstad team, whilst also raising awareness and providing them some advice for their organisations.  See the video here with the CEOs talking about their organisations and why it is important for them.

If you are looking for work and need an accessible friendly workplace, please contact me directly via LinkedIn or on email me kerry.mcquillan@randstad.com.au 

 

about the author

Kerry McQuillan - GM Diversity and Inclusion

Kerry is our expert in all things Diversity and Inclusion. Collaborating with our clients, Kerry helps implement strategies and tactics that help build a more inclusive and diverse workplace for all.

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